Weekly Wrap: Commerce shakeup; new highway plan

Posted December 5, 2014

— The week after Thanksgiving was stuffed with action in state government.

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced her resignation at the end of the month, and Gov. Pat McCrory said Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources John Skvarla would succeed her. No replacement at DENR has been named.

McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata rolled out the first five-year highway plan under a new funding formula designed to direct money to protects to reduce congestion and boost economic growth. The plan includes a suggestion of adding toll lanes to Interstate 40 in the Triangle and to other metro highways.

The governor also signed on to a lawsuit by 17 states against President Barack Obama's executive actions to reform U.S. immigration policy. Attorney General Roy Cooper declined to commit the state to the lawsuit, saying he already has asked Congress to take action on the issue.

The ongoing saga of the New Year's Eve Possum Drop, new rules for abortion clinics and a review of Advanced Placement U.S. history courses also were on the menu.


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